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lemuriapress
Date: 2008-07-28 21:03
Subject: Favorite D&D Adventures
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What are your Top 5 favorite D&D adventures? Any edition, any company.

Here are mine:

1. QUEEN OF THE SPIDERS
2. RAVENLOFT
3. THE VILLAGE OF HOMMLET
4. EXPEDITION TO THE BARRIER PEAKS
5. AGAINST THE CULT OF THE REPTILE GOD

Given that list, it appears I like rural adventures for low-level characters and off-the-wall epic weirdness.

Surprise.

They're currently discussing this subject over on En World.

A few years back I put together a huge article in Dungeon magazine that surveyed more than a dozen prominent D&D enthusiasts (mostly current and former D&D adventure writers, several influential editors, and a few key fans) and cobbled together a consensus "TOP 30 ADVENTURES OF ALL TIME" list that looked something like this:

1. QUEEN OF THE SPIDERS
2. RAVENLOFT
3. TOMB OF HORRORS
4. THE TEMPLE OF ELEMENTAL EVIL
5. EXPEDITION TO THE BARRIER PEAKS
6. THE DESERT OF DESOLATION
7. THE KEEP ON THE BORDERLANDS
8. RETURN TO THE TEMPLE OF ELEMENTAL EVIL
9. WHITE PLUME MOUNTAIN
10. RETURN TO THE TOMB OF HORRORS
11. THE GATES OF FIRESTORM PEAK
12. THE FORGE OF FURY
13. DWELLERS OF THE FORBIDDEN CITY
14. DEAD GODS
15. CASTLE AMBER
16. THE ISLE OF DREAD
17. RUINS OF UNDERMOUNTAIN
18. THE HIDDEN SHRINE OF TAMOACHAN
19. AGAINST THE CULT OF THE REPTILE GOD
20. SCOURGE OF THE SLAVE LORDS
21. DARK TOWER
22. THE LOST CAVERNS OF TSOJCANTH
23. THE FORGOTTEN TEMPLE OF THARIZDUN
24. CITY OF THE SPIDER QUEEN
25. DRAGONS OF DESPAIR
26. CITY OF SKULLS
27. THE SINISTER SECRET OF SALTMARSH
28. THE LOST CITY
29. THE ASSASSIN'S KNOT
30. THE GHOST TOWER OF INVERNESS

What are your Top 5 D&D adventures?
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varianor
User: varianor
Date: 2008-07-29 12:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have a list of five that never made print. I'll spare you.

Print adventures (no particular order)

Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh
Ravenloft
Hamlet of Thumble
The Bonegarden
Vault of the Iron Overlord
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sir_ollibolli
User: sir_ollibolli
Date: 2008-07-29 13:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I only played or DM'ed a few, since most of my playing experience was either homebrew campaigns or other systems. But of those few the TOP 5 are:

- Treausre Hunt (N4, fond memories for being my intro into AD&D)
- NeMoren's Vault (first foray into D&D3 and a great starting adventure)
- Life's Bazaar (Dungeon #89, ran it twice and it was memorable both times, never managed to finish SC though)
- Final Resting Place (Dungeon #122, great adventure that had so much repercussions for my campaign from just a few paragraphs about a crystal book)
- Gangs of Freeport (for being the best possible fit into my Freeport campaign and describing a great finale for a recurring villain, great adventure by Ari Marmell)
- Hollow's Last Hope (the first Golarion offering and a doozy to boot)

hmm, i listed 6 and I have to take one down? sigh...
I'd probably remove Final Resting Place.
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dclingman
User: dclingman
Date: 2008-07-29 12:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Temple of the Frog
Against The Giants
Expedition to the Barrier Peaks
White Plume Mountain
Tomb of Horrors!!!!
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Osito: geek
User: osito71
Date: 2008-07-29 12:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:geek
In no particular order:

N1 - Against the Cult of the Reptile God
N3 - Destiny of Kings
UK7 - Dark Clouds Gather
X2 - Castle Amber
G1-2-3 Against the Giants

Though to be honest, my most favorite adventures are from Dungeon Magazine's 1E/2E days.
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James Maliszewski
User: maliszew
Date: 2008-07-29 13:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Tomb of Horrors (the ultimate test of player, not character, skill)
The Village of Hommlet ("Gygaxian fantasy" explained)
Castle Amber (a terrific evocation of weird fantasy)
Dwellers of the Forbidden City (a near-perfect pulp fantasy romp)
Expedition to the Barrier Peaks (a reminder that D&D roots transcend vanilla fantasy)
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mordicai caeli
User: mordicai
Date: 2008-07-29 14:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I haven't played a lot of premade DnD adventures? Besides the 3e stuff, of which I've played...um, the first one, Sunless Citidal, & then the next few in that "series"...um, Forge of Fury & then that super weird one with-- druids? Gibbering mouthers? Purple worms? Sleeper in Dreams or whatever it was, with the vizier that read as super evil & then turned out to be a mindflayer. I told my party they should let me kill the vizier-- ALWAYS kill the vizier!

I played a lot of Earthdawn modules, in my youth, actually.
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His Baconic Majesty: DM from Hell
User: pigbark
Date: 2008-07-29 16:13 (UTC)
Subject: Let's see...
Keyword:DM from Hell
in no particular order

Keep on the Borderlands
Slave Pits of the Undercity
The Lost Cavern of Tsojcanth
The Witchfire Trilogy
The Isle of Dread
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Paka: lavachild
User: paka
Date: 2008-07-29 16:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:lavachild
But I can't name things that showed up in Dungeon, right? So;

1. The Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh (the second module has one big problem, I haven't read the third in the series)
2. Against the Giants (only skimmed the 2e version)
3. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks
4. Ravenloft (just in general, the 3e version was seriously cool)
5. The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (merely okay adventure but scores major major points for having the extra monster section in the back.)
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User: messy1349
Date: 2008-07-29 17:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
tomb of horrors
maure castle
the dancing hut
in the dungeons of the slave lords
the whispering cairn

messy :-)
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Merric Blackman
User: merricb
Date: 2008-07-30 04:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Did you ever read/play Gygax's Necropolis, Rodney?
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Steven E Schend
User: brainstormfront
Date: 2008-07-29 18:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
1. Village of Hommlett
2. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks
3. White Plume Mountain
4. Ghost Tower of Inverness
5. Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth

I'd have voted for Ruins of Undermountain, but as I edited it, I figure it's out of bounds for my vote. ;)

SES
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Steven E Schend
User: brainstormfront
Date: 2008-07-30 01:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Whoops. Totally blanked on another one; let's bump everything down one, drop Tsojcanth off the list, and put Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl down as my #1.
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emeraldlich: TalonsDragon
User: emeraldlich
Date: 2008-07-30 17:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:TalonsDragon
1. EXPEDITION TO THE BARRIER PEAKS
2. DWELLERS OF THE FORBIDDEN CITY
3. CASTLE AMBER
4. THE LOST CITY
5. THE SECRET OF BONE HILL

"Expedition" is just one of the best adventure modules ever written. My own adventure "Talons of the Horned King" is essentially one big love letter to "Expedition".

I was always hoping to see you guys tackle something "Expedition"-inspired in Dungeon Magazine. (And still hoping to see it in Pathfinder someday.)
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bobmungovan
User: bobmungovan
Date: 2008-07-30 20:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
1) The Ruins of Undermountain
2) City of the Spider Queen
3) Tomb of the Lizard King
4) Keep on the Borderlands
5) The Speaker in Dreams

Commentary:
#1 Was my default for all my 2nd ed play.
#2 Was the first "mega-module" I ran beginning to end
#3 This was an AD&D module I ran a few times, and is a bit underrated IMO compared to the other "standards".
#4 My first
#5 A great event-based mod.
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mrbaron_bps
User: mrbaron_bps
Date: 2008-08-03 11:00 (UTC)
Subject: Top 5!
Here are mine in no particular order:

1. I6 Ravenloft -> The classic haunted house. I actually like the 2nd ed version the best.

2. Vault of Larin Karr -> This is one of the early ones from Necro, and I thinks its one of their best! I can not say good things about this module. It has a little bit of everything.

3. City of the Spider Queen -> I like it, but I also have to acknowledge that it has some editing issues.

4. Necropolis -> This is one of Gary's later modules that was redone by Necro. I believe that this is a lot better than the earlier desert series.

5. A1-4 Slave Lord series -> These are the very first modules that I bought, and they still remain a classis in my eyes.

Honorable mentions:

1. Queen of the Spiders - This one is a classic, but I do have some commentary on it. Q1 is a bit of a mess. It does not feel like it fits in with the rest, and the walking spider ship seems a bit odd. The G & D series are very traditional in design, and then Q1 seems very different. I also think that if it was rewritten today, with additional encounters and Q1 redone, it would be much better. I am not sure it will happen, but...

2. Keep on the Borderlands -> I like this one, but I agree that the DM needs to breath some life into it.

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mrbaron_bps
User: mrbaron_bps
Date: 2008-08-03 11:02 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Top 5!
whoops...small typo. Should read:

2. Vault of Larin Karr -> This is one of the early ones from Necro, and I thinks its one of their best! I can not say enough good things about this module. It has a little bit of everything.
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